Mouloud Mammeri

Benjamin Sparks (University of Memphis)
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Mouloud Mammeri (Dda Lmulud At Maâmmer), born on the 28th of December 1917 in the Tizi Ouzou region of Algeria, was a Berber linguist, author, poet, playwright, and anthropologist. Considered as one of the pioneers of French literature produced by someone of Algerian descent, he published his first novel in 1952. His works provide a unique perspective, infused with Berber culture and identity, of the daily lives and routines of the people of the Haute Kabylie. However, one should not be led to think that Mammeri’s works are purely ethnographic, with the intent of shedding light onto an exotic and unknown culture, but that they show more complex relations between the colonizer and the colonized. His primary works consist of four novels:

La Colline oubliée

[The Forgotten Hill] (1952),

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Citation: Sparks, Benjamin. "Mouloud Mammeri". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 September 2016 [, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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